Gahanna residents can meet the people and equipment behind such services as snow removal and pothole repair during the city's Service Expo/Touch-A-Truck event.

Gahanna's Department of Public Service and Engineering will coordinate the event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Hannah Park, 6547 Clark State Road.

D. Grant Crawford, interim service director, said the city is excited to host the expo again.

He said visitors will have a chance to get up close to a backhoe, bucket truck, tractor, fire truck, police car, snow plow and a garbage truck.

In addition to the Touch-A-Truck opportunities, visitors will be able to see public-service-related exhibits from organizations that work closely with Gahanna, including the Mifflin Township Division of Fire, Franklin County Engineer's Office, Franklin County Public Health and Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District.

"This expo allows children of all ages the opportunity to explore much of the equipment used to maintain Gahanna and keep our city safe," Crawford said. "This event also provides a great opportunity for our residents to meet our staff, ask questions and learn how the equipment works to make Gahanna such a great city."

Mayor Tom Kneeland said this marks the second year since the event returned.

"The community loves it," he said. "We're excited to bring this event back to our community. Having a service expo like this gives everyone the opportunity to gain hands-on knowledge of the services our Department of Public Service and Engineering provides to our businesses and residents."

City officials and staff will be available to answer questions about city services while children can explore the Kids Zone, customize hard hats with stickers, color and participate in outdoor games provided by Gahanna's Department of Parks and Recreation.

Food trucks will be selling lunch items, cold beverages and frozen treats.

Volunteers from Gahanna Residents In Need will assist city employees in staffing the event.

Admission is free, GRIN, but will accept donations of canned goods, nonperishable food, toiletries and monetary gifts to help support residents in the Gahanna-Jefferson Public School District in times of need.

Cereal, oatmeal, canned fruit and peanut butter specifically are needed.

Attendees will receive a raffle ticket for a prize drawing for each food item or each dollar donated to GRIN.

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